Review – The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan

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The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best things in life are unexpected. Sometimes when you least expect it, an author throws a curveball your way in a book that is utterly unexpected but totally brilliant. Kendall Ryan wrote her best rom-com yet, hitting a huge home run, knocking this book out of the park! The Fix Up casts a swoon-filled spell on you, claiming you, where you can’t help but submit to its power. The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan is a BOMB OF BOOK BLISS, one you won’t see coming, which penetrates every part of you: body, heart, and soul.

From the very first page, I was enraptured as I entered this spin-off of Hitched that quickly became my escape. I was lost to the outside world as I devoured this story with a fast force, not wanting to come up for air. The Fix Up was my fix, weaving me into a web of seduction, where I was glued to every wondrous word. I could not stop reading. I COULD NOT STOP THIS FIERCE FIX.

Before I met the blazing-hot Brit, Sterling, and Camryn, his beautiful friend-turned-publicist, the synopsis snared me like a lion lures its prey:

“The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I’m stuck between a rock and Sterling’s very hard place.”

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I did not have to read The Fix Up to know I’d fall in insta-love because I already had. Who would not fall fast for a book about a British panty-melting playboy who must bait a bride and get her to marry him in six months? Like Sterling’s lust-laden British accent, THIS STORY IS A SURE THING.

“I grew up in England, and my British accent is like lube. It makes girls wet instantly.”

HOLY HOT. I’m IN!!! That lube of an accent belongs to Sterling Quinn, Noah Tate’s best friend who entertained and flamed readers in Hitched, who is back and better than ever!!! The Brit Playboy Prince must find his princess. Six months to put a ring on it or risk losing one hefty inheritance.

“Quickies in the men’s room of my office aren’t going to work anymore. I need to start thinking like…a husband.”

The beautiful and blonde Camryn Palmer, Olivia Tate’s best friend, is the PR goddess to help Sterling clean up his playboy image. The task of transforming the blazing-hot Brit from manwhore to marriage material won’t be an easy one, but Camryn is up to the challenge. The second challenge is to convince herself that she and Sterling are just friends, nothing more.

“I had the feeling the handsome Brit was going to be a pain…he’s stupid hot. He makes smart girls act stupid, so I need to keep my defenses up and my legs crossed.”

Camryn needs to focus on Mission Snag-a-Brit-a-Bride and ignore the big sword Sterling wields in his pants.

“It’s cute to see you get all flustered talking about my cock.”

“Keep it on your pants.”

“My cock is a big boy. Pun very much intended. I can handle it.”

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HOLY. HOT. The banter blazed me and amused me. I melted in a molten lava pool, bathing in a sea of lust. Sterling’s dirty mouth does me in where I’m crossing my legs along with Camryn.

“I’m not having sex with you.”

“We’ll see.”

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GAME. ON. Sterling and Camryn’s chemistry collides with the matchmaking mission with Sterling wanting Camryn in every way.

“Tender. Sensual. Soft. Urgent. His kiss is all of those things at once. And more.”

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Oh swoon!!! Sterling is MINE!!! I’M CLAMING THIS BAD BOY BRIT WITH A BIG BULGE AND AN EVEN BIGGER HEART NOW.

Lines are blurred as the ‘friends only’ relationship gets rocky with this electricity too strong to fight. What happens when the one trying to be match begins to fall for the matchmaker? How can the matchmaker do her job when Sterling is who she wants to do and grab that happily after too?

“Did you ever want something you can’t have?

Like the power of love, The Fix Up hijacked my heart and soul, crashing into me with an unforeseen force that made me splendidly succumb to this story over and over again. I did not expect to fall so hard in love with The Fix Up but I did. I did not expect to love The Fix Up better than Hitched but the Camryn and Sterling stole the show. I did not expect to see Kendall Ryan’s writing grow so much from one book to the next, becoming even more brilliant with words bathed in beauty, but this author’s books get better and better…JUST WOW!

There is nothing better than a friends-to-lovers tale. Spellbinding, sweet, and smoldering, The Fix Up is a good old-fashioned love story with a modern twist and a hot Brit. I LOVED THE FIX UP! This story is EVERYTHING!!! A must-read romance, the Fix Up is the perfect fix. I fell in love over and over again with this story, one where I was not ready to say: THE END.

★★★★★ fierce fixed stars

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From New York Times bestseller, Kendall Ryan, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

My tempting and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits.

It’s not just that we’re friends, he’s also cocky, confident, and British, which means he’s a walking aphrodisiac.

But lately he’s been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I’m not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long.

When we start working together, that’s when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I’ve harbored for him disappear, because there’s no way this can end well.

The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I’m stuck between a rock, and Sterling’s very, very hard place.

Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together.

But I’ve been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I’m not about to be cast aside like yesterday’s underwear when he’s done having fun.

Sterling’s never been told no, and he’s not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he’d fight so dirty.

*This is a spin-off from the HITCHED series, but can be read as a standalone.

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Review – Pucked Under by Helena Hunting

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Pucked Under by Helena Hunting

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That moment when you’re reading a book and the world around you doesn’t exist anymore. Some stories…series…are shut-the-door, shut-off-the-world, do-not-bother me books, ones you know you’ll devour in one sitting. We lose ourselves in these brilliant books; we find ourselves too. I lost myself in Pucked Under by Helena Hunting and did not want to be found. This hockey story, like the series, was…is…my addiction…my ache…my ALL. I. CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH. I’ll never get enough.

Helena Hunting is one of my favorite writers and among my go-to authors FOR LIFE. Her words do so many things to me, melting me from the inside out. I love Helena’s writing so much I would put a ring on it if I could. I’ll just have to settle for dating her brilliant and blissful books, with Pucked Under the latest of crack in my Hunting expedition.

When I need a good laugh, the kind that makes me contemplate slapping on a Depends adult diaper due to the thorough laugh-to-bladder work-out, I’ll grab a Helena Hunting book. I’ll stalk these stories so hard that I could teach those wanna-be Hollywood stalkers outside celebrities’ homes a thing or ten. Once a story from Helena Hunting’s hot and hilarious Pucked series appears on my e-reader, I drop off of the earth or go missing for hours. I may be physically present, but my mind is stuck in a sensational sports series that is my delicious drug.

From the beginning to end, I WAS ALL IN. I was SPELLBOUND…SUNK…as I swiftly succumbed to Pucked Under that stole every piece of me. A big grin quickly formed, spreading across my face. I don’t know if I’ve ever loved a set of characters with charisma in spades—the perfect culmination of humor, heat and heart—as much as I do in this Pucked series. I was elated to be wrapped up in this witty and wonderful writing, a deep sea dive into Pucked Under, part of a hockey series that are not just stories but SO MUCH MORE.

There is no other series that makes me drunk girl giggle like Helena Hunting’s Pucked series and characters. Characters who not just make me laugh but make me LOVE…oh so hard. Characters with charisma in spades. Characters who have burrowed themselves in my heart where they will likely remain forever. Characters so raw and so real they feel like family; they are my family.

Ever since devouring Pucked Over with the hot bearded alpha, Randy ‘Balls’ Ballistic, and his now-girlfriend, the beautiful Lily Le Blanc, I’ve panted for more. Lily is a trip to the amusement park as she channel’s her inner Violet; both are spirit animals. I loved that Lily’s confidence has skyrocketed throughout this series and it’s due to her Balls or Randy worshipping her like the princess she is as she deserves his devotion.

Even after a year, Randy and Lily’s chemistry is still SMOKIN’ HOT and their relationship grows by leaps and bounds. My favorite Pucked heroine, the spitfire, Violet, sums up Randy and Lily’s chemistry perfectly, which has not waned and, if anything, has grown stronger.

“For the love of broken beavers, do you two ever take a break? Seriously. Is your vagina lined with leather? I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if one day your vagina fell right off.”

I can’t help but roll in laughter with nearly every word that wanders out of Violet’s mouth. Her humor knows no bounds…and I love every funny-filled moment!

I loved that the spark that still shoots through Lily and Randy, that passion permeating throughout the pages.

“Randy may be right; he has the incredible ability to get me off with very little physical contact. He’s rather cocky about it…He can make me come just by rubbing up on me. Our chemistry is ridiculous.”

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A bit cocky, fun, and blunt like Lily, Randy too is quite the fire cracker with lines laced in lust and laughter. Tall, muscular, bearded and gifted with a magic tongue, Randy is a woman’s wet dream and knight in shining armor rolled into one. I loved his dirty mouth…A LOT.

“You can tell me exactly what you liked best about my eating your pussy in the changing room and if there’s anything you’d want me to do differently next time.”

HOLY. HOT. Barely into the story and I am melting like molten lava. Holy mounds! I’m crowning Balls both King Clit and Magic Button Magician. From being a Chicago baller, Randy definitely knows his way around the Canadian beaver. Lily is one lucky recipient.

As dirty and delicious as Randy’s mouth is on Lily, what pours out of it made me melt in a sugary sweet way.

“Her touch is gentle, soothing. It’s what I need. She’s what I need. Sometimes it makes me nervous how much.”

The softer Randy swathed me in sweetness. I SWOONED HARD. This man is a HOT hockey GOD with a huge HEART that’s unleashed even more in Pucked Under, and I FELL EVEN HARDER FOR RANDY…my Balls for life.

Hot, hilarious, and heartfelt, I thoroughly loved getting Pucked Under. I CRIED HAPPY TEARS. I CRIED SAPPY TEARS. I CRIED A FEW SAD TEARS. The feels flowed through the lust and laughter.

Deliciously dirty, fabulously flirty, laced with laughter, and filled with feels, Pucked Under fully satisfies while seducing the senses. A hot and hilarious hockey story with huge heart, Pucked Under is PURE PUCKING PERFECTION. These Pucked stories make my soul sing, my gut giggle, and my heart happy. I can’t get enough of this achingly-addictive Pucked series, stories that will remain in my hockey-loving heart forever.

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★★★★★ Pucking Perfect Stars

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Randy Ballistic and Lily LeBlanc are head-over-heels, bed-breakingly, screaming orgasmically in love. But even they have their challenges, mostly outside of the bedroom.

With the off-season coming to a close and the boys gearing up for training camp, one more weekend of fun is the perfect way to welcome the new season.

The entire crew piles into vehicles and drives to Alex and Violet’s Chicago cottage for a few days of relaxation—and hopefully a chance for Randy to shake the anxiety that’s been plaguing him.

Accidental wardrobe malfunctions, typical Violet inspired overshares, and a whole lot of private time round out the perfect weekend getaway.

But the moment they return to the city all of Randy’s angst resurfaces with the arrival of a surprise houseguest.

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Review – Bedmates by Nichole Chase

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Bedmates by Nichole Chase

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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You know how it is. Politics makes for interesting bedmates.”

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In D.C., politics is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Politics is everywhere! Growing up in the D.C. suburbs of Virginia, I could not help but live and breathe politics—whether I wanted to or not. Oh did I loathe the dishonest and dirty D.C. politics. 

“Living in D.C. required the ability to see the strings attached to everything behind the scenes, the lies, and the manipulations.”

If showcased in a romance book, I can love and play politics night and day. Oh did I want to play with Bedmates, a politically-lit love story by Nichole Chase that made me want to parade into the White House wearing red, white, and blue. Intense and intoxicating, Bedmates is a politically-powered friends-to-lovers romance that harnesses the heart and sparks the soul.

From the very first page, I sank into this story, immersing myself where I quickly became intoxicated. I dove into Bedmates with a deep hunger and did not want to come up for air. I expected to detonate with desire. What I did not prepare for was for Bedmates to administer an assault on my heart where it was pounded into pieces. As a military wife, those pieces shattered even more, bleeding for broken heroes. Bedmates was what I expected yet it wasn’t; it was so much more.

Beautiful Maddie McGuire is the President’s daughter completing her last year in college with a strong passion for many issues including saving animals and the environment. It’s too bad that that passion seems to land her in trouble.

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Maddie is now stuck doing community service for veterans, serving alongside the Vice President’s son, Jake Simmon.

“Jake hated me and I wasn’t exactly his biggest fan.”

Jake, the boy who is now all man, has swayed from friend to enemy territory during most of Maddie’s teenage years. The scorching alpha is also a former Marine who has just returned from the war in Afghanistan after being injured in combat, a war that haunts him every day. Jake has been Maddie’s crush since she was a teen, and for him, the feeling is mutual.

“Maddie was infuriating, sexy, and so far off limits she might as well live on Pluto.”

Maddie is funny, flirty, and fearless, and not what you’d expect from a President’s daughter. Blunt and brazen, it’s refreshing to have someone in politics be completely free where she speaks her mind, carrying so much charisma that those can’t help but love her. I so wanted to hang out with Maddie…LOVED HER!

Working with her forever crush is one challenge that’s proving difficult for Maddie to ignore. Jake’s cockiness and playboy lifestyle gets under her skin, but Maddie sees the man beneath the mask.

“There was a darkness behind his eyes that made my heart ache, despite his pompous attitude.”

Jake won’t own his feelings towards the First Daughter, feelings he’s tried to bury for years. Even war in Afghanistan didn’t destroy that ache that surfaces for Maddie when she’s around. Oh does Jake want to scratch that Maddie ache.

“I wanted nothing more than to pull her into a dark corner, grip that perfect ass with both hands, and kiss her until she couldn’t think to tease me anymore.”

The all-alpha Jake is having a tough time reigning Maddie to his fantasies when he wants to ravish her in real life. Staying in the friend zone proves to be one race that Maddie and Jake may not beat.

“As his mouth danced over mine, fire ran through my veins. Everywhere he touched me came alive…I’d waited for this moment most of my life.”

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Maddie doesn’t want to like the panty-melting hot playboy, but his dirty words bring out her inner wanton woman and his concern for her and others bring out more, whether she wants to admit that chemistry crashing through them or not.

“I want to touch you, taste you. I want to be inside of you. I want to watch you as you come. Can I have that? Can I have you?”

Holy HOT. Jake’s wanton-inducing words delivered involuntary thigh clenches that melted me everywhere. A fire blazed by body, burning me from head to toe where I melted like molten lava. This beautiful and broken alpha was my addition. Jake, so sexy and perfectly imperfect…I LOVED HIM!

“I let myself drink her in, drown in her. She was like a spring day after a painful winter.”

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My scorching has morphed into swooning. I SWOONED HARD at this tough guy with a heart of gold though shielded by one wall of steel. Jake is broken but Maddie is the glue helping repair his shattered soul. Maddie sees not the injured Marine, but the real Jake. Jake doesn’t think he deserves a beautiful soul like Maddie, but he does. His soul, while broken, is just as beautiful.

“Maddie was the kind of woman you kept forever. And I wasn’t looking for that kind of relationship.”

As Maddie and Jake get closer, the past strikes hard like lightning, threatening their renewed friendship and budding love.

“Now that I’d opened Pandora’s Box and I wasn’t sure that I’d ever be able to close it.”

Politics tends to be fake but everything about this political romance felt REAL. My emotions entangled in this romance were REAL. I could not help but feel every word I read in Bedmates, words that reached inside and hitched themselves to my heart, tugging it the whole way where my heart stayed stuck in this story that stole my soul too. My LOVE for Bedmates was so much more than its title…it was…is…REAL.

First Bedmates bewildered me, this story instantly becoming the unexpected. Then Bedmates blazed heat through me as the passion from the characters melted the pages…melting me. Finally, Bedmates broke me where my tears bled onto the pages. Heartbreaking tears. Hopeful tears. Happy tears. This military wife bled for these broken heroes too, one of whom is still hijacking my heart along with the bewildering and brilliant Bedmates.

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★★★★★ 5 politically-powered and perfect stars

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From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

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Review – Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner

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Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All of the best love stories have one thing in common: You have to go against the odds to get there. Like the best love stories, books often go against the odds with the unexpected and exceed what we expected. Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner EXCEEDED ALL OF MY EXPECTATIONS.

I did not expect to become so engrossed and entangled in this steamy suspense…but oh was I tangled and twisted in every part of this thrilling tale! I did not expect to fall in insta-love with these characters who captivated me and coerced me into their story, but oh did I fall for them so hard! I did not expect to love the S.I.N trilogy by J. Kenner as much as the Stark series that is one of my all-time favorites…but oh did the Stark series meet its match in the S.I.N spin-off.

I wanted to take my time, but all I could do was DIG IN, devouring this scintillating and suspenseful story fast and furiously. All I could do was succumb to the seduction of Sweetest Taboo as I rushed to read this riveting roller coaster of a romance where the world closed around me, opening up to all things SIN. I tore through this story as the adrenaline from this thrilling tale coursed through this Sweetest Taboo straight to me.

The twists and turns.
The blazes and burns.
The thrills and chills.

I knew that this thrilling yet tender tale would dig itself deep in my heart, sending my feelings flying into one tornado of a tailspin. Sultry. Sinful. Scorching. Sweet. Sensations traveled through me at lightning speed. I was not prepared for Sweetest Taboo to sink into my soul.

Sweetest Taboo struck hard and fast. Dallas and Janes’ relationship takes another tumble, its broken pieces that just became bound are splintering again.

“Remnants of fear cling to him like palpable things, but there is joy, too. And when he whispers my name, it’s like a lifeline pulling us back together, making me whole. Making us whole.”

I love a hard-fought love story and what Dallas and Jane have is worth the fight. These two broken souls are whole together as one.

“You’ve always taken care of me.”

“I have and I always will.”

Dallas and Janes’ love is sweet, but their chemistry is combustible. So super scorching HOT. Dallas delivers the involuntary thigh clenches with mere words that melt me everywhere.

“Is this what you want? My mouth on your pussy? My tongue teasing your clit while I thrust my fingers deep inside you?”

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Dallas’ words possessed me, lighting a fire that burned from head to toe where I melted like molten lava. I could not help but combust from the fire-hot words that raked over my body as if I were floating over hot coals. Oh Dallas…delicious and dirty-talking Dallas. This sweet and sexy man was my addiction.

“You’re mine, Jane…You were my dirtiest secret…now you’re my sweetest taboo.”

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Just when Dallas and Jane are ready to throw caution to the wind and show the world that they are in love, deception and danger dangle like a creeper lurking in the shadows, threatening to strike. This strike may hit the hardest of all, hurting the most.

“Please, Dallas. Bring me back to life.”

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I fell hard; I fell fast. My emotions dangled from the edge, hanging onto hope for a happy ending. I cried tears of heartbreak. Tears of hope. Tears of happiness. Sweetest Taboo broke me in the best way.

Sweetest Taboo was my addiction. My ache. My adrenaline. MY ALL. Sweetest Taboo twisted itself around every piece of me, quickly capturing me in its clutches. IT did not let go; I did not let go. I knew from the start that this story would break me, sending me on an emotional and adrenaline-filled adventure; that it did. I WAS ALL IN.

What began as the Dirtiest Secret became The Hottest Mess that ended as the Sweetest Taboo, the perfect S.I.N that’s sheer brilliance from beginning to end. Sweetest Taboo, like the rest of this series, is scorching, suspenseful, and scandalous…but so MUCH MORE. It’s a soul-searing story of strength, survival, and second-chance love. Sweetest Taboo seduced me—heart and soul—where I fell under this story’s spell. I could not help but feel every word I read and live every part of this devastatingly beautiful book.

Watch out Stark series, you have some serious competition with S.I.N. J. Kenner ended this enthralling and explosive series perfectly, and oh how I was left panting for more. More forbidden tales of twists and turns that burned my body. More emotional-entwined stories that hit my heart hard. More wonderful writing that blew me away. Sweetest Taboo is not simply a story; it’s an enticing and enthralling escape from reality. I was not ready for this achingly-addicting adventure to be over.

★★★★★ sweet and seductive stars

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All eyes are on us . . . and there’s nowhere to run.

Everyone has their own ideas about Dallas Sykes: He’s a reckless billionaire, a devilish playboy, a man who gets whatever he wants the minute he wants it. But I know the real Dallas behind the money, bravado, and power—and he’s completely, blissfully mine.

We carefully guarded our secrets, and in each other’s arms we sought refuge from our dark past. Our pain became our pleasure, our control within the chaos. But we could only hide from the truth for so long.

Now we’ve let loose our inhibitions and are ready to face the future. And no matter what people think or say, coming clean is its own sweet reward.

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Review – Down Shift by K. Bromberg

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Down Shift by K. Bromberg

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“We were two broken souls in love and maybe our crooked pieces were what made us fit together so perfectly, just like a puzzle…The puzzle I didn’t know I needed, and the puzzle he didn’t know he wanted.” ~Unknown

Have you ever begun and ended a story with tears? The first, last, and so much of the middle of the book render you a wreck, where the tissues are a lifeline, controlling those feels that flow like a river. Those emotions are entangled so deeply where you feel EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Down Shift by K. Bromberg hit my heart hard and sank itself into my soul where all the feels flowed fast and furiously, leaving me bound to this devastatingly beautiful book where I may remain forever.

JUST JUMP.

Oh did I want to jump! I wanted to devour Down Shift. I wanted to savor it, Zander, and Getty. I wanted to rush. I wanted to take my time. Down Shift stormed its way into my heart and soul, a bolt of lightning, striking me hard and hastily. Feelings flowing. Pulse pounding. Soul spinning.

I WAS ALL IN. Happy tears. Nostalgic tears. Weary tears. Sad tears. So many tears. I knew Zander’s story would be one of heartbreak, and perhaps hope and healing. However, Getty’s story dealt me a few emotional blows where I broke just as hard. So many emotions cut through me like a knife.

The Prologue dragged me into Down Shift. Before I could catch my breath, I was thrust into this story. Utterly immersed. Emotions engaged. Air amplified. It took but a few words to become one with this touching tale. One line…two lines…three and my emotions were standing at attention, preparing to fight the ensuing flood of feels…a losing battle.

“The stain on my soul darker than ever before.”

After just one paragraph, Zander embedded himself in my heart. The Prologue spun me around, my head in disbelief, my heart heavy and hurting for Zander…for Colton…for Rylee. I was brought back into the Driven world—with just a few words—as if I never left. I saw a newer and even better Colton as a father who melted me to pieces. This Colton is wiser and more mature but still passionate and persuasive. Oh Down Shift, I gasped for air as this story stole my breath and took my tears.

“Everything important taken away from me with the slam of the door: my family, my ride, my anchors. And the sting is real.”

The sting was real indeed. Zander Donavan, Colton and Rylee’s son, has never dealt with his painful past. Now, the past floats around him like a ghost, returning again, haunting him, wrecking his racing, and leaving his life in ruins. He has no choice except to fight the demons head on, a battle that needs to be fought solo. Self-healing.

JUST JUMP.

Oh does Zander have to take that jump. Rebuild his life. Rebuild himself. Leaving his LA life and spot as the top racer behind, Zander relocates to a friend’s house on the Washington coast to work those demons out of his system, eliminate those complications and purge that painful past.

“I can’t chase the ghosts away for good if I don’t face them head-on.”

My heart that has held Colton for so long now holds Zander. Cocky and complicated, wounds rush through him that are years old, causing Zander to wound others in his path. I wanted to hug him and help him soothe the pain.

The gorgeous dark-haired, blue-eyed, tall, and muscular Zander didn’t expect to meet the beautiful brown-haired, brown-eyed, long-legged, and curvy Getty Castor. Getty is running from demons too after being controlled like a puppet all her life. She leaves home for a fresh start, a new life, one where she will be confident and commanding.

“That unmistakable zap of chemistry. My neurons catching fire…for a split second I think he feels it too.”

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Zander and Getty are electric. Their chemistry is a current that flows fast and furiously through them, perhaps carved by fate. Despite the deep desire and attraction, they are complications to each other. Zander does not need Getty mixing up his mind further when he needs to fix his failures while Getty is done with men after they have let her down all of her life.

“Words. Thoughts. Confessions. The look in his eyes and the comfort of his touch cause my head to whirl, make me want to let him in.”

Both Getty and Zander have messed up, made mistakes in the past. Zander is supposed to be finding himself but Getty is who he has found and who is softening his hardened heart.

“You complicate things, Getty. Because there is something about you that continually reminds me why I came here.”

JUST JUMP.

Zander and Getty succumb to the temptation of touch, waging a war on those fireworks that ignite whenever they touch, heating them from skin to soul.

“You kiss me like I matter.”

This story…oh does Down Shift matter. Tears that tried to tangle with me during the first half of the story won the war, trickling down my cheeks like drops of the ocean.

“Right now every damn part of me wants to kiss you again. Kiss you till we can’t breathe, then lay you down on my bed and show you what it’s like to feel that kind of worship…But I can’t do that to you. I can’t knowingly walk you into my storm without showing you where the lighthouse is so you have a way out before you even begin.”

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I FELL IN LOVE fast and furiously with Zander, Getty, and Down Shift. My heart bled for these broken souls who should heal and be happy together as one.

“It’s like I’m trying to come up for air and he’s trying to pass me his.”

I swooned so hard from these beautiful words that seduced my soul, carving a piece of my heart out with every word…every paragraph…every page.

JUST JUMP.

Zander and Getty need a relationship jump. Their chemistry is off-charts-hot but their compassion is just as combustible. Getty and Zander care so much for each other but won’t take that lap around the relationship track. It’s too bad that they still think of each other as a complication, something they don’t want or need. 

“I snarl and clench my jaw, because the last thing I need is her presence here to cloud my thoughts. Give me reasons to want to stay. Make me want to walk up to her, back her against the counter, and kiss her senseless. Which is exactly why I’m leaving. Right now. Distance. Space. Clarity.”

Love may be washed up on the shore before it’s even ridden the waves as the past collides with the present. Darkness dangles itself in the air, threatening to steal the light. Zander must find himself without losing Getty. He’s the puzzle she didn’t know she needed, and the puzzle he didn’t know he wanted. Two broken hearts must find a way to fit together.

“Everyone’s churning ocean is fueled by a different type of storm.”

Down Shift was my perfect storm, an electric current that lit me up like a lightning bolt, sparked with sensations, where a force of feels flowed through me. Dark yet light. Turbulent yet tender. Broken yet beautiful. Explosive, exhilarating, and enchanting, Down Shift is EVERYTHING. This shattered and stunning epic love story is the perfect complement to the Driven series. Those beautiful and broken words broke me where I was drowning to breathe as Down Shift stole every piece of me: mind…body…heart…soul.

JUST JUMP.

Oh did my heart jump as I was free-falling into Down Shift, riding the waves of emotions that crashed into my soul, where I felt every word I read. Down Shift was ALL OF THE FEELS. ALL OF THE SENSATIONS. ALL OF THE SOUL. Oh did this story hit my heart hard. Bate my breath where I held it for periods in anticipation. Pounded my pulse as adrenaline rushed through me. Mesmerized my mind that fell hostage to this latest Driven book from the very first page. Stole my soul that was tied to this story like a race car to a track.

Like Colton and Zanders’ cars around the track, my heart is still racing for Down Shift. What started with Driven, a series that stole my heart years ago and still holds it closely today, has ended with Down Shift, a shift in gears. I’m not quite ready to shift gears. Down Shift and the Driven series are not just stories; they are beauty in words…adventures that feel so very real. The forever kind of real. The voodoo vortex kind of real. The real that I raced over two years ago, race today, and will still race tomorrow from A to mother f**king Z. 

★★★★★ broken and beautiful stars

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Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he’s forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own—outside of his famous father’s shadow. 
 
Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she’s found the perfect escape—until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she’d been promised. He’s undeniably sexy, but she’s there to heal. Alone.
 
Before long though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?

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